Alto Bernesga
Cerro Pedroso

Alto Bernesga

The Alto Bernesga is a biosphere reserve located in the central part of the province of Leon, in the Autonomous Community of Castile and Leon, and is part of the Cantabrian Mountains. The main towns in the area are Villamanín and Pola de Gordón. The area is characterized by two large valleys where several streams flow, all tributaries of the river Bernesga, in which a lot of trout live.

In this protected area we find forests of beech, birch and oak and native species such as the Spanish juniper. Typical animals that live here are chamois, golden eagles, wolves, bears, grouse, otters, Pyrenese desmans and the broom hare.

In the north of the area around the Valley of Bustamores on the border with Asturias, we find the most rugged mountain area, with rocky terrain, steep slopes and several peaks above 2,000 metres, with the highest peak being Brañacaballo at 2,183 metres. In this area offers a hike to the Pico el Cuadro, at 2,089 metres.

On the map you can find all the routes that are available in the Alto Bernesga on By clicking on the icon of the route, you will go directly to the description.

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Location of this Region

Province: León
Central Town: La Pola de Gordón
Cubierto con lluvias
21 °C
11 °C

Recommended Hike

Cerro Pedroso

The Cerro Pedroso is with its 1,914 metres the highest point of the valley of Geras de Gordón. It is a relatively short and easy hike, although the last stretch to the top is slightly more difficult because of the lack of a clear path. We are rewarded with beautiful views in all directions amidst the Cordillera Cantábrica.

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Principal Peaks

  • Cellón (2,028 m)
  • Peña Cuaña (2,026 m)